Bangladesh vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 5: Sohag Gazi makes history as first Test ends in stalemate

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Gazi became the first cricketer in history to score a century and take a hat-trick in a Test match

Bangladesh spinner Sohag Gazi became the first cricketer in the history of the sport to score a century and take a hat-trick in a Test match as the first Test between his side and New Zealand in Chittagong ended as a draw.

The day started with Peter Fulton and Kane Williamson resuming New Zealand’s second innings on 117/1.

Fulton and Williamson’s partnership had been worth 69 runs before play ended early due to rain on day four.

They managed to convert their 69-run partnership into a 101-run partnership, during which Fulton registered his half-century, before he lost his concentration once again and was given out lbw off the bowling of Gazi.

Fulton scored 59 runs off 189 balls, which included three boundaries and two sixes.

Williamson and Ross Taylor continued to keep the runs flowing with a 51-run partnership, during which Williamson brought up his own half-century, before he became Gazi’s second victim of the day.

Williamson amassed 74 runs off 150 deliveries, which included two boundaries and a six.

Taylor and captain Brendon McCullum kept the scoreboard ticking with yet another 50-run partnership before McCullum was clean bowled by Gazi for 22.

Gazi then produced his moment of magic as he dismissed Corey Anderson, BJ Watling and Doug Bracewell in successive deliveries to record a hat-trick.

New Zealand eventually declared on 287/7 with Taylor remaining unbeaten on 54 off 105 balls, which included four boundaries.

Gazi was definitely the pick of Bangladesh’s bowlers with six wickets, while Nasir Hossain chipped in with one as Bangladesh were set a target of 256 to win.

However, Bangladesh got off to a rocky start as opening batsman Anamul Haque was caught out off the bowling of Bruce Martin for 18.

A 60-run partnership between Tamim Iqbal and debutant Marshall Ayub soon steadied the innings until Iqbal became Martin’s second victim for 46 off 95 deliveries, which included eight boundaries.

Ayub failed to last much longer as he was given out lbw off the bowling of debutant Ish Sodhi for 31.

With the match already heading for a draw, Mominul Haque and Shakib Al Hasan registered an unbeaten 72-run partnership before both sides agreed to end the match.

Bangladesh ended on 173/3.

Al Hasan finished on 50 off 39 balls, which included four boundaries and three sixes, while Haque remained undefeated on 22 off 41 deliveries, which included three boundaries.

Martin was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Sodhi snapped up one wicket.

Despite the Test match ending as a draw, it did make history as 27 sixes were hit throughout the five days, which equals the record for the most number of sixes hit in a Test match.

Gazi was named the Man of the Match for his superb performance with both the bat and ball.

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